The American Bus Association is releasing the entire list of Top 100 Events in North America, in its annual announcement for group travel in the United States and Canada. It’s published as a guide for travel professionals and the general public when planning group tours and vacations. Each spring, the Top 100 Selection Committee, which is comprised of group travel professionals, selects the winners from hundreds of nominated fairs, festivals, parades, exhibits, theaters and shows based on their broad appeal, accessibility to large groups, and other criteria.
You can find a full listing of the winners at http://www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100. Here’s a quick sampling of two of the top destinations.
The 2016 Virginia International Tattoo 20th Anniversary Celebration
April 21st- April 24th, 2016 Norfolk, Virginia’s Scope Arena will be home to the largest, most patriotic performance in the U.S. The region will welcome tens of thousands of visitors and more than 1,500 performers from around the world. It will be an incredible display of military bands, pipes and drums, drill teams, Celtic Dancers, choirs and many others. More information at vafest.org.
Canada’s Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Québec Holy Door Ceremony
In 1664, the Canadian parish of Notre-Dame de Québec was founded, making it the oldest Catholic Church in North America, that’s north of the former Spanish colonies. Pope Francis announced that a Holy Year of Mercy will begin on December 8th, 2015 (the day of the Immaculate Conception), with the opening of the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. With this Jubilee, the six other Holy Doors around the world will be opened, including the one at Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Québec.
The event begins Tuesday, December 8, 2015, and continues until Sunday, November 20, 2016. For more information go to www.notredamedequebec.org/en/.
A Word From ABA’s President
“The 2016 Virginia International Tattoo 20th Anniversary Celebration and Canada’s Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Québec Holy Door are great examples of motorcoach-friendly, family-friendly events. Tens of thousands of people will enjoy the experience of visiting Norfork, Virginia where they will enjoy the music, and the amazing performances. In Québec the people who visit the Cathedrale will be inspired by this act of spiritual undertaking,” said ABA President/CEO Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS. “ABA is so pleased that a significant number of motorcoach industry, travel and tourism professionals once again submitted their diverse applications to be reviewed by our panel of independent judges. We always salute those who do hard work putting on these fabulous events.”
The U.S. and Canadian events being highlighted are the two most prominent festivals, but the annual ABA publication has 98 other events that tens of millions of motorcoach passengers will visit and have a great time during 2016.